Mr. Shawn Mitchell, hard-working Albertan, age unreported, has jumped into notoriety throughout our province thanks to his spiteful and intellectually lazy letter penned to Sun Media.
We can only assume he wrote it after he completed his shift at his job — to date, not “stolen” by a foreigner.
While it is natural to audibly scoff at his unfortunate ignorance, for the sake of argument please stop for a minute to consider how many letters like this are submitted daily to our national papers.
Then, look around your shoulder and tip your ear towards your neighbour’s conversation.
Perhaps they are muttering that so-and-so down the road is less of a person than they.
Or perhaps, merely less entitled to something. Then, have a glance at the Internet.
Resentment is not an Albertan privilege.
Slandering and blaming others for job market fluctuations is not unique to an angry male who gleans information concerning the state of Newfoundland’s educational system from bumper stickers.
I am reminded of St. John’s dwellers expressing resentment towards Mt. Pearl commuters.
We share this world with folks who enjoy stirring pots, who tread on the true notion of community on their way to their respective flagpole.
Recall the lady who recently swore off our province due to her displeasure over an outdoor concert that sold expensive water bottles.
Mr. Mitchell ends his tirade stating that he misses the days before the boom, or something to that effect. He reveals that his anger is based on resentment towards time itself.
Giving people a voice is the privilege we should celebrate.
Giving their demonstrably foolish opinion any more attention than that of a nipper is at our own peril.